Jim Yates: 'It's Time to Make Something Happen' at Las Vegas Race With the penultimate 2005 POWERade Series race unfolding this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jim Yates says he "wants to make something happen." Now that...
Jim Yates: 'It's Time to Make Something Happen' at Las Vegas Race
With the penultimate 2005 POWERade Series race unfolding this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jim Yates says he "wants to make something happen."
Now that may be what thousands of other visitors to Las Vegas are thinking, too, but their focus will be on the myriad slots and gaming tables available virtually everywhere. For Yates, a two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion (1996-97), the center of attention is the track's 1320-foot racing surface.
"I feel we have a good (racing) program," he said. "Our Sea Ray Boats/B&W/Wiley-X Eyewear Pontiac GTO is running well and we have all the potential in the world, but all that is no good unless you execute."
Yates' list of happening things for the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals includes, "definitely moving closer to the top five Pro Stock cars (in the standings); qualifying in the top half of the (16-car) field; and winning the race," he continued. "We've run well here in the past (runner-up and No. 1 qualifier in the 2001 spring race) and we want to do that again."
A hot streak at this event and the upcoming Auto Club Finals at Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 3-6) could push the Occoquan, Va. - based driver up several positions in points. He's 10th with 910, 66 behind the eighth place driver with a maximum of eight rounds remaining and 20 points awarded for each round win.
"We ran well at the beginning of the year and we need to make some moves now. I feel we can and I'm excited about our chances," said Yates, who was runner-up at Reading, Pa., last month.
Pro Stock qualifying is slated at noon and 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed by Sunday eliminations at 11 a.m.